by liana walker
STANTHORPE State High School is in the top 50 highest OP achievers in the state.
It's the only Southern Downs school on the list, coming in at number 40, but what is most impressive is the school's leap of 239 places from last year.
The standard has been set for the current Year 12 class which includes Brielle Williamson and Spencer Jenson, who say the past year's result has motivated them.
"It's not really pressure - you want to strive to achieve that level as well,” Spencer said.
"We should keep improving and take their success to drive our own,” Brielle added.
Senior school teacher Judi Kelly said the results were a testimony to the hard work of the students and the staff.
"I think they worked really well as a team and it's not just about this set of results, it's about the fact that every student succeeded,” she said.
"Every student gets a chance and that's a team effort.”
Brielle agreed that the school's sense of community was important.
"You don't feel like you can't talk to a head of department or the principal, if you're struggling in a certain area,” she said.
"If a teacher doesn't explain something in a clear way that you can comprehend, they can always guide you to someone who can.
"It's not just you're on your own, you can really rely on everyone for support and guidance.
"Even if we don't achieve the results they did last year, we'll still get where we want to go because we very much have the support to go where we want and achieve our results.”
Principal Peter Grant said the school had a mantra, "If it's your best, it will always do”.
"Last year's group did very, very well and I'm sure this group will as well,” he said.
"But what it does do is, it firms up in their minds that you can achieve at this level at Stanthorpe State High School.
"People can have confidence that at a rural school in Stanthorpe, they can achieve extremely good results.”
Mr Grant said the end results depended on the willingness of the students to work with the teachers as much as the teachers' commitment to a high level of education.
"It's certainly not myself standing alone, or the teachers.
"It does require that we're working with each other,” he said.
"I have every confidence that the young people coming through this year will do their very best,” Mr Grant said.